The gigapixel image of old Jerusalem city helps the online visitor to zoom in the place and explore the details at the extreme.
As a holy city for Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, Jerusalem has always been of great symbolic importance. Among its 220 historic monuments, the Dome of the Rock stands out: built in the 7th century, is decorated with beautiful geometric and floral motifs. It is recognized by all three religions as the site of Abraham’s sacrifice. The Wailing Wall delimits the quarters of the different religious communities while the Resurrection rotunda in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre houses Christ’s tomb. It added to the UNESCO World Heritage Site List in 1981.
Jerusalem’s Old City walls, built in the early 16th century by the Turkish Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent, have eight gates. All but one (the Gate of Mercy) still serve Jerusalemites and visitors streaming to its markets, and sacred and historic sites.
In the Christian faith, Jerusalem’s place in the life of Jesus gives it great importance, in addition to its place in the Old Testament. Jerusalem is the place where Jesus was brought as a child, to be “presented” at the Temple (Luke 2:22) and to attend festivals (Luke 2:41
The Old City of Jerusalem divided into four quarters; The Jewish Quarter, The Armenian Quarter, The Christian Quarter, and The Muslim Quarter. The walled city is entered by one of seven entry gates, although the busiest for tourists is the Jaffa Gate next to which is the Tower of David Museum, providing the history of Jerusalem within the Old City Walls. Each quarter has its own unique atmosphere and observations, sites and smells, and experiences.
Damascus Gate, Jaffa Gate, The Lions’ Gate, The New Gate, The Dung Gate, Zion Gate, The Golden Gate, Gate of Mercy